Lesnes Abbey Conservation Volunteers began their summer programme of work on the rare heathland habitat in the woods on Sunday 15th June. This is the only Heather-dominated heathland left within the Borough of Bexley, and needs managing to prevent the Heather being swamped by Bracken, Bramble and tree seedlings.
Bracken is hand-pulled, and after a few years does weaken. Indeed several patches of heather along the southern margin of the heathland have been ‘recovered’ over the last couple of years from areas that were becoming a forest of Bracken and tree saplings .
The work opens up the ground for finer grasses and mosses, and creates the required conditions for reptiles and heat-loving species of insect and spider.
Some Common Darter dragonflies were already on the wing. A couple of Slow-worms were seen and the relatively wet conditions of late had produced a few fungi. Bryony Ladybird was found on its host plant White Bryony down near the Abbey.
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